‘Double explosion’ in Kampala, capital of Uganda, 3 dead and dozens injured

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Two explosive blasts occurred in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday morning.

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  • Two explosive blasts occurred in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday morning.
  • Witnesses said the blast also took place on the side of the road near the House of Parliament.
  • At least 24 people injured by the blasts were hospitalized.

Kampala: Two explosive blasts occurred in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday morning, causing chaos and people running here and there. So far, three people have been killed and dozens injured in these attacks. Witnesses said one of the blasts took place near a police station and the other exploded on the side of the road near the House of Parliament. The explosion near Parliament likely targeted a building that houses the office of an insurance company. Due to the explosion, the vehicles parked there caught fire.

Police did not immediately comment on this.

According to the national broadcaster UBC, some MPs were seen evicting the nearby Parliament House complex. Health Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Annebuena tweeted that at least 24 people injured in the blasts had been hospitalized, four of whom were seriously injured. According to sources, at least 3 people have lost their lives in this incident. In a video uploaded by eyewitnesses, a column of white smoke can be seen from the scene of the explosion near the police station. Police did not immediately comment and it is unclear whether the explosion was caused by a bomb or in some other way.

The explosion took place in Kampala on October 23 as well
Ugandan officials have been urging people to exercise caution in the wake of a series of bombings in recent weeks. One person was killed and at least seven injured in an explosion at a Kampala restaurant on October 23. Two days later, a suicide bomber was killed in an explosion on a passenger bus, according to police. The Allied Democratic Forces, affiliated with the Islamic State group in central Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack on the restaurant.

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Group opposes the government of the president
The Allied Democratic Forces have long opposed the regime of President Yoweri Museveni, the first African leader to deploy peacekeepers in Somalia to protect the federal government from the extremist group al-Shabaab. In retaliation for the deployment of Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia, the group carried out attacks in 2010, killing at least 70 people who gathered in public places in Kampala to watch a World Cup soccer match, but They became allies. Democratic forces, with their local roots, have joined forces. It turned out to be more of a headache for Museveni.

Established in the early 90’s
The Allied Democratic Forces were founded in the early 1990s by Ugandan Muslims who said they had moved away from Museveni’s policies. At the time, the rebel group carried out deadly terrorist attacks in Ugandan villages and the capital, including a 1998 attack that massacred 80 students in a border town near the Congolese border.

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